[Fat embolism after intrapenile injection of sweet almond oil]

Rev Mal Respir. 1998 Jun;15(3):307-8.
[Article in French]


We report a case of fat embolism following self injection of vegetable oil in the penis, to treat an impotence. The patient developed respiratory failure and neurological disorders as confusion. A chest roentgenogram revealed diffuse alveolar infiltrate. Initially, he presented an hemoconcentration, and fat globules in his urine. The outcome was favourable in 72 hours, with oxygen and hydration. The diagnosis of fat embolism was made after neurological improvement: the patient admitted to injection his penis with vegetable oil, in his corpus cavernosum.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Confusion / etiology
  • Embolism, Fat / etiology*
  • Embolism, Fat / therapy
  • Erectile Dysfunction / therapy
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Lung Diseases / etiology*
  • Lung Diseases / therapy
  • Male
  • Nuts
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy
  • Penis
  • Plant Oils / administration & dosage
  • Plant Oils / adverse effects*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology
  • Self Medication / adverse effects


  • Plant Oils